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I couldn’t let Halloween go by without a ghoultastic post , so here are some purse friendly options for spooky cooking for this Halloween. Its not too late to give it a go!
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You must have felt it… the whisper in the wind… the tremor in the earth… the shadow in the eye… the deafening shouts of your over-excited kids as they stampede round the house. That’s right, Halloween is almost upon us.
With this spooky celebration just around the corner, you may be starting to try to think of Halloween activities to occupy excited kids. Family time spent following delicious baking recipes can be fun all year round, but especially at Halloween. You can dim down the lights, pop on your creepiest soundtrack and dream up some really ghoulish concoctions.
Engaging imagination and encouraging innovation with your kids is all part of the fun and here are just a few ideas to help get you started.
Creepy Cupcakes. A basic and essential recipe, you can really go anywhere with this. Cream 1 cup of butter or margarine together with 1 cup of caster sugar until the mix becomes pale. Next, gradually beat in two eggs and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Now start to gradually fold in 1 cup of flour, adding 1-2 tablespoons of milk as you go along.
When the mixture is of a dropping consistency, spread it out equally between 12 paper baking cases. Place these in a twelve-hole muffin tin and bake at 180C/350F for 10-15 minutes, until the cakes have risen and are browned on top and until a skewer inserted in one comes out clean. Now you have your base cakes, you can go wild with the toppings. Why not try a chocolate icing base with white skeletons on top? Or butter cream and chocolate drops to make mummies?
Eerie Eyeballs. A quick and easy way to send shivers through any trick-or-treater. Get hold of some marshmallows, chocolate chips and a tube of red icing. Press the chocolate chip into the centre of the marshmallow and then get creative with your kids and the tube of red icing to draw blood vessels around the pupil!
Terrifying Toffee Apples. A really easy version of the classic, more complex recipe. Unwrap and place a 14oz bag of toffees in a saucepan with a quarter of a cup of heavy or double cream. Cook on a medium-low heat until the mixture is smooth. Spoon the mixture sparingly onto eight small apples, making sure to let excess toffee drip back into the saucepan. Before the mix hardens completely, why not try making spooky faces by sticking sweets into the toffee?